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Swansea eyeing swoop for Premier League centre-back

James ChesterSwansea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have followed the news of Garry Monk’s appointment to Leeds United with proud hearts, but it is new manager Fransesco Guidolin who they have to put their faith in now, and the Express and Star have reported today that the Swans are readying a bid for West Bromwich Albion centre-back, James Chester.

The former Hull City man had been on the Swansea watch list in January, but had only been at his new club, Albion, for six months. However, lack of game time has rekindled the Welsh clubs interest. Chester will link up with fellow country-man, Ashley Williams, in France ahead of this summers European Championship’s. Chester told the Daily Express:

“I have a great relationship with Ash both on and off the pitch and there was interest from Swansea in January. But I had only been at West Brom for six months and they were reluctant to sell me to another club in such a similar position in the league.”

“I’m not sure what the stance is right now. I played a bit more in the second half of the season but only once at centre-half.”

Tony Pulis has forced Chester into a full-back position for the majority of his appearances this season and a move to the Liberty could give the 27-year-old a chance to play in his favoured position.

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